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Morgan Monnig is an actor from the lowcountry of South Carolina who I recently saw in the short film The Cabin written and directed by Tommy Faircloth along with Robert Zobel as producer. She does an excellent job in it as does her on screen suitor played by Jason Vail. Filmed in Columbia, South Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee it has some beautiful mountain scenery mixed in with a chilling ending. It has won best short film at over a half dozen film festivals, nominated at a half dozen others, and selected to be screened at over twenty more to date.
She is currently filming Worldly Possessions, as Detective Michelle Ryan. The screenplay for this film was written by Brad Hord and is being directed by Robert Filion. In this tale, Stephen Drake (Tim Ross), is trying to keep demons from entering our world but he's facing a few demons of his own. Currently filming in Shelby and other areas of the Carolinas.
Morgan likes nothing better than being on set working. You can also find Morgan behind the scenes when she gets a chance, writing and directing her own films. Though she has no formal training as an actor or director she knows how to find the help she needs to get the job done. She has a very resourceful attitude. Athletic and competitive, with a take charge spirit that works in her favor to gain the respect of everyone she works with.
Enjoy the conversation below that I had with Morgan and keep your eyes peeled for other projects she has coming up.
Christine is the director of Fix It In Post, her latest film, which is currently in post-production.
The subtitle for this film should be "Or What Would a Filmmaker Do?", because that is the theme of this movie. When an electromagnetic pulse destroys the earth's power grid the characters in the movie use their filmmaking skills to try and survive. What could go wrong?
The story was written by Christine Parker, and Bill Mulligan who has been a fixture on the sets of Adrenalin Productions for at least a decade. Together they have produced a catalog of horror movies with a campy style of comedy that their fans enjoy and always look forward to.
" The whole thing revolves around Christine, not because she's the director but because without her it wouldn;t happen. Every film needs someone who organizes everything and that's her. She hates it but it has to be done." Bill Mulligan - Co-writer: Fix It In Post
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Mineola Twins playing now through Sunday at Winthrop University as a part of Rock Hill's Come See Me Week.
It is a story of two young women, identical twins, who long to leave Mineola for bigger things. Riley Ketchum shines playing the parts of both Myrna and Myra. Bridgette Smith has a strong and comical performance as Jim in the first acts and Sarah in the latter part of the play. Not to be outdone, Rodrick Freitas is outstanding as Kenny and Ben.
The play starts out with Jenn Fant as The Voice who hauntingly narrates the dream sequences that appear throughout the play. Her and the ensemble: Sydney Bertsch, Jesse Pritchard, Nora Webb, and LaShawn Woolridge illustrate what's happening in the dream sequences as well as appearing as individual characters later in the play.
This is a comedy with a serious subtext to it covering the periods from the Eisenhower era to the Nixon and Bush Sr. administrations. Myra and Myrna are as different as night and day and are never in agreement as siblings sometimes are. No one is perfect though as you will learn.
There were many sets used throughout the play that were well designed with a modern look while being simple and effective at projecting the style of the play and being the perfect backdrop for the performers. The sound design and lighting emphasized what was happening onstage very well and the acoustics and sound in the auditorium was spectacular. This helped create the magic of The Mineola Twins.
As Stefon might say 'This film has it all. Drinking, dancing, gambling, two sisters, one who loved Bennie, one who married him... and a boat.' He'd be right.
With a cast of all your favorites from the southeast including CatherineTrail, Neva Howell, Mike Smyth, Tim Ross, Davis Osborne, Paul Gibson, Vanessa Ore, Vanelle, David Sweeney, Christopher Lykins, Chris Cozort and more!
Written and directed by Tara Lynn Marcelle this is a comedy with a bit of drama mixed in. Loosely based on Tara's actual grandmothers Pearl and Josephine, and Josephine's boyfriend at that time who's name was Bennie.
Having grown up in a filmmaking family Tara became interested in the business as a young girl because she was often around while her parents were working. Reading scripts and learning about films her parents pointed out to her. Besides directing and acting she has been writing for the past few years, working on projects such as My Name Is Paul, The Calm Before, and Virtuous.
In this film, if you are like me, you will see in these characters pieces of people you have known as well as situations you have observed or been a part of. This connection makes it easy to enjoy!
Warren Marcus brilliantly caught the action with an actual film camera which in unusual nowadays with digital cameras being so prevalent for local productions. Gregory Hewitt was makeup supervisor, Phaedra Witt production supervisor, and Luis Carlos Machicao wardrobe supervisor.
Bennie is a 35 minute short that is due to be released this summer. A feature length version is slated to be made depending on how it does during it's festival run. I think the chances are good we will see that feature length version as soon as Tara, busy as she is, finds the time to write the rest of the script.
Check out the trailer below and the interview we had with some of the cast and crew.
Check out the trailer below and the interview we had with some of the cast and crew.
April 25th is the date for the premiere of I Married an Alien, a science fiction comedy produced and directed by Collins White of Other Vision Studios with Micah Thompson as head writer.
The cast includes Cassie Thompson, Micah Thompson, David Bean, Lindsay Morgan, Jamil Jaar, Audrey Dickson, and Nathan Forest
What does it take to succeed? These two young ladies know.
Young Artist Award (Photo credit: Crakker Jakk)
The Young Artist Awards began 34 years ago as a children's version of what the Academy Awards presentation is like. Just like with the Academy Awards it is an honor to be nominated. Brandi Alyssa Young and Taylor-Grace Davis have both been nominated this year. Both are very familiar faces in the films from southeast and are beginning to broaden their horizons as their high school careers come to an end.
Brandi has been nominated three times including this year. This time she is nominated for her work in the web series The Dark One as Michelle Smith. She will not be attending the ceremonies this year as she has just moved from South Carolina to Pennsylvania and is getting settled in there while exploring and learning her way around New York City.
This is a first nomination for Taylor-Grace for her role as Rebekkah Madison in The Box. who's senior prom is the night before the awards. She is a member of the prom committee and doesn't want to miss that. She doesn't want to miss the awards either. So she will be attending the prom then flying to Los Angeles afterwards in order to get to the Empire Ballroom in Studio City, California where the award ceremonies are held.
Worldly Possessions is a new film written by Brad Hord and being directed by Robert Filion.|
This is the second time this pair has worked together. Previously they made a film call Mosaic 33 which is a science fiction tale of a woman who decides to reveal information to a reporter about what is going on in the Mosaic lab she works in. It has been doing very well on the film festival circuit.
Shelby, North Carolina and the surrounding area has been chosen as the city to film Worldly Possessions in and one of the locations picked was also used in the movie Hunger Games.
"I am very proud to be the Executive Producer on Brad's new vision! The cast is brilliant and Director Robert W. Filion is at the top of his game! I put my money on the best... and these guys are rocking it! Worldly Possessions is a Win Win!" - Darren Conrad Executive Producer
An excellent cast has been assembled and filming begins mid April.
Below are some of the cast and crew followed by a conversation I had With Brad Hord and Tim Ross about the film.
Bennie is a new comedy by Tara Lynn Marcelle coming this spring.
Starring all your favorites CatherineTrail, Neva Howell, Mike Smyth, Tim Ross, Davis Osborne, Paul Gibson, Vanessa Ore, Vanelle Queen-of The-Universe, David Sweeney, Christopher Lykins, Chris Cozort and more!
See the trailer for Bennie here:
The southeast continues to turn out more and better independent films as each year goes by. One of them is the upcoming Curfew directed by Richard Clark, Jr. starring Candace Blanchard and Thomas L. Beck.
In this film Candace plays a cool and collected woman who decides she wants a promotion and is willing to go the extra mile to get it by seducing her boss. Things don't go as planned though and a night at the office turns ugly.
"Candace is crazy talanted. She dives head first into roles and doesn't look back. And the end product shows it." - Richard Clark, Jr. Director of Curfew
This is a suspense thriller that was filmed primarily at The iNDEE offices in Gastonia, North Carolina. The iNDEE houses film and music creators as well as production companies in this part of the southeast as a studio for independent artists.
In the beginning we see Candace playing the smartly dressed Janet as she hatches her plan for moving up the ladder in a very calm and collected fashion. She knows what she's doing. Next she is dressing more provocatively as her plan is set in motion but she runs into some trouble. Will she survive the night?
These were some demanding scenes for Candace as this is pure acting. Candace is nothing like the character but had to learn to become the sly and cunning Janet. She had to be believable in the role and it wasn't easy but she accomplished it very well.
Mosaic 33 a sci-fi thriller written by Brad Hord and directed by Robert W. Fillion and is now available to watch on your Roku box at the GetScaredTV Channel.
Currently very popular on the festival circuit, Mosaic 33 stars Jennifer Russoli, Brett Gentile, and Vanessa Ore.
The Roku box enables you to watch Netflix, Hulu, and many other channels and shows when you want to. No more appointment TV. So if you don't have a Roku get one. You won't look back.
Thinking Speed is a big project for the amount of money spent on it. The film has been completed for less than two grand and many hours of preparation, filming and editing. It was shot over 173 days resulting in 52 hours of footage to edit. This has to be a labor of love for Lisa Menzel who wrote the novel, the screenplay, and directed the movie. Also, for the cast and crew that contributed countless hours of their time to the production.
A Kickstarter campaign has been established to raise funds to get the movie out on the film festival circuit. If you'd like to help there are several perks being offered to contributors.
Experience brings wisdom, and if that's the case Tim Ross has a plethora of wisdom. With a history in acting that ranges from the west coast to the east, commercial to independent, Tim's got plenty to teach and there's much to be learned from him!
Never content to be idle, Tim is someone who's not only been "in the business", but has been successful at it for over 20 years. He's been on soaps, movies, commercials, and continues to strive for more. Anyone interested in acting would benefit from checking this video out for advice from someone who's definitely been there!
Here is a riveting portrayal of a woman, Janet Miles, played by Candace Blanchard, who tries to seduce her boss (Thomas L. Beck) in order to get a promotion. She gets more than she bargained for.
The movie is complete and is being produced by THE iNDEE in Gastonia, North Carolina. THE iNDEE provides creative space for filmmakers, artists, and musicians with editing bays, green screens, sets, and sound stages. They also help develop, produce, and distribute television and film projects.
Since the movie is essentially finished all that's left to do is the distribution of Curfew. There is a campaign underway at Indiegogo.com to help fund the distribution of the movie across the U.S. Here's your chance to help and get credit for it as well with the perks they are offering for contributors.
Go to the link below, watch the incredible trailer, then decide if you'd like to take advantage of this
opportunity to participate.
Here's what you like to hear. A short being made into a feature. The Find, written by Mike Garland and produced by Ridge Runner Media is about to become a feature length motion picture. Filmed last year in the Spartanburg, S.C. area, it is a story about a man who finds a relic sword and how it changes the lives of him and his wife.
After getting a distribution deal from My Production Limited in England for the short, a decision waas made to do a feature length version of The Find. Mike said he and the producers, Mike and Terry Miller are starting work on the new parts of the screenplay as soon a possible and be will recalling most of the original cast. Filming is being scheduled for mid summer.
The association with My Production Limited will help the film be seen in the UK on Hulu, Netflix, and Redbox.
Reminds me of the way Bottle Rocket and My Name Is Paul started out as shorts and were later made into features, jump starting a few careers along the way.
A filmmaker is someone who will do whatever it takes to get the project completed. Chris Gervais is just that sort of person.
Though his dream is to be in that famed director's chair full time, he's so in love with filmmaking (and the digital revolution) that he's taken on composing, acting, lighting, sound, editing... pretty much you name it, he's done it.
In this interview, we get a great insight into someone basically self-educated in this through real world experience. The advice Chris gives us here is taken from the sets and locations he's been a part of and from the trial and error he's been through. Delve in and enjoy!
Resurrection After-Party is the latest album from Stephanie Wolfe. It is being released on her Chipped Polish Records label tomorrow, February 14th, Valentines Day.
This album is heavy into electronica. My favorite song is Excited although Something Wicked is very popular too.
Chipped Polish Records is committed to female artists in the genres of pop, electronica, rock, and experimental music.
Resurrection After-Party at Amazon.com
Professional actor and instructor Tim Ross will be holding an intensive workshop on audition technique later this month in Raleigh, North Carolina. Well known for his his work in the Carolinas and shoutheast, Tim's experience ranges from feature length films to commercials and industrial films. Not to mention his work in theatre as an actor and director.
Tim knows his business and this is a great opportunity to learn how to improve the way you approach an audition and how to increase you chances of getting the role. Teens and adults will also get the chance to meet with a casting director from a busy production studio in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area for a question and answer session.
Audition Technique Workshop with Tim Ross
Saturday, February. 22nd
1401 Edward Mills Road
Raleigh, North Carolina
9:00 am until Noon: Young actors age 8-14, $75.
1:00 pm until 4:00 pm: Teens age 14-19, $75.
5:00 pm until 9:00 pm: Adults 20 and up, $100.
We're OK is a combination live action and animated tale of an 18 year old girl suffering from depression. She has decided to kill herself. In this fantasy drama we will see what's going on inside of Delilah and the part of herself she presents to her friends and family.
Kira Bursky will be directing. Kira is well known here as an exceptional creative mind with several films in her catalogue as well as being a musician and songwriter.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign for We're Okay and help fund a film that will not only be entertaining but give some insight into teen depression and sexuality.